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Christopher Gingrich: MLB season a quarter of the way finished

Chris Gingrich

Before I get to fantasy baseball this week, I’d like to express my gratitude to the folks at the Craig Daily Press.

About a year ago, I went down to the office of our local hometown newspaper with an idea to produce a weekly column about fantasy sports. Joshua Roberts listened to my idea with great interest and agreed to let me have my own fantasy sports column.

Since then, I’ve had nothing but fun producing an informative column for the fantasy sports players out there.

I really enjoy giving people the low down in the fantasy sports world and providing good information for those who read it.

One of the coolest things about doing this weekly column is that people around town will come up and give me some sort of recognition and praise for the column. I usually get someone at least once a week who will say to me, “Hey, you do that fantasy sports column, right? I knew I’ve seen your face somewhere.”

I really like the recognition I get, and I do appreciate all the encouraging comments I get from readers.

So, to all those at the Craig Daily Press who make this possible and to all my great readers, I say thank you.

OK, time for some fantasy baseball.

We’re just more than a quarter of the way through the baseball season, and it’s time for a reality check. Some players have cooled off after a hot start (Emilio Bonaficio, anyone?) and some, like Toronto’s Aaron Hill, have stayed hot.

So, who is out on the waiver wires that will make for a good pick up right about now, you ask? Here are my top three pickups for this week. Rickie Weeks was doing good up until today and would’ve been on this list had it not been for his season-ending wrist injury.

Ben Zobrist, shortstop/outfield, Tampa Bay Rays: Already been paying dividends for me after I dropped Mike Aviles last week. I highly recommend picking up Zobrist if he’s available. This past week, he’s scored 4 runs, hammered 2 homer runs and knocked in 6 RBIs with a .375 batting average.

Juan Pierre, outfield, Los Angeles Dodgers: In just 74 at bats, Pierre has produced career highs in on base percentage (.476) and slugging percentage (.554). With Manny Ramirez out until July, expect Pierre to keep producing to become one of the better pickups of the year. I highly recommend picking up the 49-percent owned Pierre.

Nick Johnson, first base, Washington Nationals: Johnson had 9 RBIs last week, which is good enough to qualify him as a short-term pickup. I moderately recommend picking up Johnson if you’re in need of a decent first baseman.

OK, folks, that’s all for this week. Next week, look for some more quality pickups and a short talk about who you should draft now that the season is a quarter of the way done.

Hint: He’s in his second season and has the same last name as a Desperate Housewives star.

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